The holiday season has begun. For many of us this means holiday parties, trips to see family in far off places, shopping, baking, decorating, and taking care of our much-loved four-legged friends. We know how hectic this time of the year can be. We wanted to help make your life a little easier with this dog boarding checklist. With all that you have on your plate, it’s easy to forget the little things that can create big snafus for your holidays.
Holiday Dog Boarding Check List
- Schedule your dog’s boarding needs early. It’s not uncommon for boarding facilities to become full weeks before the holiday. As soon as you have plans to go out of town or know that your aunt who is allergic to your dog is coming, pick up the phone and give us a call. If you find that your favorite dog boarding facility is booked, ask if they have a waitlist. Plans change all of the time and you may get lucky.
- Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure that your dog’s vaccinations are all in order. Be sure to get copies of those records while you are at it. You don’t want to be ready to drop off your dog at the boarding facility only to find your dog can’t stay because vaccinations records weren’t sent.
- Prep any medication or special foods that your dog may need. If your dog takes any medications on a regular basis make sure you pack a big enough supply to get your dog through their stay. It’s a good idea to provide a little extra in the event just to be safe.
- Create an emergency contact list. It’s always a good idea to have an emergency plan. While most of the time we won’t need them, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Include phone numbers that can be used to find you while you are traveling. You may want to add the number of a friend or family member that is going to be in town.
- Pack a care package for your dog. Before you head off on your grand adventure check with your boarding facility to see if they allow personal items. If the answer is yes, pack a chew toy or stuffed animal to help you dog be more comfortable in their new surroundings. Throw in a small blanket or sweatshirt that carries your scent. Just be sure to only pack items you are okay with not getting back. While we do everything in our power to make sure these items will stay with your pet, they can be misplaced or ruined by an overly excited dog or washing machine.
Getting your dog ready to be boarded doesn’t have to be a monumental task. Planning ahead will make the process smoother and allow you to focus on the other tasks on your to do list.